Building Inspections

Phone: 828-894-3739
Fax:     828-894-2913

Office Hours:  
8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday

Inspectors in office 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Mailing address: - USPS
Attn: Building Department
PO Box 308
Columbus, NC 28722

Physical Location/ UPS & FEDEX:
Attn: Building Department
35 Walker Street

Columbus, NC 28722

Important Links:
Building Permit Results
Records Request

Guides and Applications

Community Development

Vision: To protect the health, safety and welfare of Polk County citizens by creating better buildings and safer communities. 

Building Inspections

Patrick Rimer, Building Inspections Director, Ext 107: Contact Us
Alex Hutchins, Code Enforcement Official, Ext. 106: Contact us
Jared Fox, Code Enforcement Official, Ext 107 Contact us
Brooke Conner, Permits/Scheduling Inspections, Ext. 101: Contact us
Planning & Economic Development- 828-894-2732
Chelsea Allen, Planning Administrator, Ext. 710 - Contact us

Sarah Zoellers, GIS/Business Development Specialist, Ext 104 - Contact us
Cathy Ruth, Planning/Economic Development Director, Ext. 109: Contact Us

Environmental Health - 828-894-3739
Geoffrey Hiles, Environmental Health Inspector, Ext. 248: Contact us 

Camille Gwyn, Environmental Health Inspector/Food & Lodging, Ext. 103: Contact us 
Luke Whaley, Environmental Health Inspector/Septic & Wells, Ext. 105: Contact us
Marley Alejo, Environmental Health Permits, Ext. 100: Contact us

Property Addressing - 828-894-8500
Joanna Martinez, Property Addressing, Ext. 265: Contact us


Emergency Management828-894-6342
Bobby Arledge, Fire Marshal/Fire Inspections/Emergency Management Director: Contact Us 

Duties and Responsibilities: Enforce within the county the county all state and local laws and local ordinances and regulations relating to: (1) the construction of buildings; (2) the installation of plumbing systems, electrical systems, heating systems, refrigeration systems, and air-conditioning systems; (3) the maintenance of buildings in safe, sanitary, and healthful conditions; and (4) other matters that may be specified by the Board of County Commissioners.

Related Links:
NC Department of Insurance             
Building Codes & Other Information
International Code Council
Lien Agent Law

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